Parents and guardians are responsible for the safety, behavior, and supervision of their children at all times in the Estes Valley Library (Library). The Library respects the privacy of all patrons and will intervene only when a child is believed to be at risk, disturbing other patrons, or is endangering him or herself.
Children may use the Library unattended, at the discretion of a responsible adult. However, if the adult feels it is unsafe for the child to leave the building without adult supervision, the child should not be left at the Library unattended. The Library staff cannot provide childcare or assume parental responsibility for children’s safety.
All children, like all Library users, are expected to behave in a manner that respects the Library property and that is appropriate to the use and function of the Library. If a child behaves in a disruptive manner, the child may be asked to correct their behavior. Library staff may, at their discretion, contact a parent, guardian, caregiver or police officer, or direct that the child leave the Library.
When an unattended child has not been picked up at close of Library business, the child has a health emergency, or other similar circumstances, the staff will assist the child in contacting an appropriate adult. In the event that no one can be contacted within 30 minutes, the Library staff may call the Estes Park Police Department and place the child in their protective custody.
Please refer to the Patron and Management policy sets for more information.
The Estes Valley Library Safe Child Policy was adopted and approved by the Estes Valley Public Library District Board of Trustees on February 21, 2006, revised on June 15, 2009, February 19, 2013 and June 20, 2016, and reviewed on June 20, 2019.
John Krueger, President, Beth Ellis, Secretary